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Adam Gadahn: California rocker turned Al-Qaeda mouthpiece

This still image from video obtained September 11, 2012 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows al-Qaeda American spokesman Adam Gadahn in a videoAdam Gadahn, the Al-Qaeda spokesman believed killed in a US operation, was a teenage rock music fan who grew up on a Californian goat farm before he was drawn into radical Islam. The White House announced Thursday that US intelligence thinks Gadahn died in January in a “counterterrorism operation” in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. As an English speaker and senior Al-Qaeda propagandist, he was one of the most high-profile figures in the global jihadist movement and a regular online presence, taunting his homeland and inciting attacks. After the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, he played a leading role in the movement’s shift in focus to an effort to inspire “lone wolf” radicals to mount spontaneous attacks in the West.

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